Promoting action to build resilient and sustainable island communities

British Virgin Islands

1. Why have you joined the Global Island Partnership?

The Virgin Islands stands as a proud member of GLISPA to share our experiences with our partners in preserving our environment, which includes biodiversity and climate change adaptation. Moreover, the Virgin Islands is interested in also learning from the experience of others.  In doing so, we can create a meaningful and sustainable partnership to promote best practices in island conservation and conservation in general at an international level for the sustainability of the planet. The Caribbean Challenge Initiative and the Summit of Political and Business Leaders held on Necker Island in 2013 provided the impetus to identify opportunities for collaboration in the augmentation of Protected Areas, whilst fostering the catalyst to enhance sustainable financing mechanisms. Moreover, as a Small Island nation at the frontline of the impacts of climate change we lend our voice to those who advocate for concrete actions to adapt and mitigate against its most severe impacts. We recognise and fully appreciate that inactivity and the lack of a concerted and sustained response to a changing climate is not a tenable position in light of the devastating impacts that climate related hazards may have on Small Island States’ communities and its economies. The Virgin Islands recognises the tremendous value that GLISPA provides as a forum to learn from other Island States’ experiences and partner to promote best practices in island conservation towards the sustainability of the planet. The Territory has gained tremendously from the engagement with members of the International Community concerned with the health and well-being of the planet and value the space created by GLISPA to lend our voice to the dialogue related to the place and the future of SIDS at various international forums.

2. What is the main goal you want to advance through the Global Island Partnership?

The Territory has gained from the experience of engaging with a broader community of small island states that are concerned with the health and well-being of the planet.  In particular, the Virgin Islands has lent its voice to the dialogue as to the place and the future of SIDS through the SIDS meeting in Samoa, the Paris Agreement forged at the UNFCCC COP and the World Conservation Congress, amongst other fora.   The Caribbean Challenge Initiative and its Summit of Political and Business Leaders held in Necker Island has provided the impetus to identify opportunities for collaboration in the establishment of Protected Areas, whilst creating sustainable financing mechanisms.  The Virgin Islands has a continued interest in advocating on behalf of SIDS and to lend its voice of support to global initiatives that will assist countries to improve biodiversity conservation and provision of ecosystem services and adapt to climate change.